Southwest Indiana students prepare for robotics competition

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PRINCETON, Ind. (WEHT)- High school students from across southwest Indiana visited Toyota Indiana in Princeton Thursday before the start of the competitive season in March.

The event is organized by Indiana FIRST Robotics, an organization dedicated to motivating and helping children and teenagers find a passion for science and technology. Every year, teams across the world work with mentors to build robots that can perform a variety of tasks.

While there is a competitive aspect, Indiana FIRST Robotics President Renee Becker-Blau says the main focus of the event is the students, not the robots nor the competition itself.

Robotics teams have become more popular across southwestern Indiana since Jasper High School first started their program nearly a decade ago. North High school started their program last school year and this year marks Washington High School’s rookie season in robotics competitions.

Teams are still preparing before the first district competition of the season starts March 6 in Bloomington. Teams that advance past the district level will qualify for the state competition in April, where they could qualify for the international competition in Detroit at the end of April.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 27, 2020)

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